Whilst most of us were avoiding the bad weather this week, 8-year-old Liam Daly was out there battling the waves from Comino to Gozo…
… and he did it in under an hour.
The Gozitan undertook this huge challenge not only because he has a thirst for sport and driven mind, but because he wanted to raise awareness on the damage that plastic is causing to the sea and environment.
And what better way to do it than in mid-November waters and monstrous waves.
Liam completed the 1.81 km swim in just 51 minutes and is most likely the youngest person to have ever completed this swim.
In fact, the swim was only meant to be 1.3 km but due to the strong currents on the day, it ended up being 1.81 km.
Either way nothing was going to stop this young athlete from achieving his goals.
Upon arriving at Ħondoq ir-Rummien in Gozo, Liam was welcomed by his friends, family, Qala Mayor Paul Buttigieg and Minister For Gozo Justyne Caruana, who all congratulated for his outstanding achievement.
“Big well done to Liam Daly – Gozo is proud of you.”
Dr Caruana presented Liam with mementos for his swim, but his achievement was more than a personal feat. Liam swam for the environment, for his motto ‘ Keep The Sea Plastic Free.’
Whilst he was taking the fight to the ocean, his fellow students from his primary school took the fight on land and conducted a beach clean up whilst waiting for him. This has sparked a school-wide initiative to raise awareness of the danger of plastic and its role in everyday life.
Having seen the success of his first swim, Liam is already determined to reach new heights and larger distances next year… Malta – Gozo maybe?